2014 Annual Resident Paper Session

BPS Annual Residents Paper Session

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2014 Annual Resident Paper Session held by the Brooklyn Psychiatric Society at Maimonides Medical Center.

All of the papers were excellent and a huge congratulations goes to the winner, Anupriya Gogne, MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center on her paper, “Reduced P3 Amplitude in Individuals at High Risk for Alcoholism.”

You can view photos from the event here.

“Hit”

Dying

“Hit”

Two eyes slowly separated
To the intensity of the glowing lights
It was blinding

Run!

It’s impossible
Faster and faster
It’s approaching

Can’t move.

Screams in the unconscious
Get out of the way
Do something

The headlights are approaching!

The warning sign
Yet no one perceives it
It’s here

Then the blow.

The rest is a daze
Pain covered in numbness
Interrogations and reproaches

What if it happens again?

Then the world keeps on going
Empty souls with busy minds
Most barely making the sidewalk

Many are hiding the scars.

Author: Veronica Murphy, MD
PGY-1 Psychiatry Resident, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Photo Credit: “Dying,” by Veronica Murphy, MD
PGY-1 Psychiatry Resident, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Walk For Awareness

Suicide Awareness Walk 2013

Crowds gathered outside Asser Levy Park, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) walk on September 29, 2013. The SUNY Downstate Residency program was only one of the many groups that participated in this walk across the famous Coney Island Boardwalk. Banners and pictures of loved ones were proudly displayed to honor those who were unfortunately lost to suicide.

The AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walks combine a nationwide effort to raise money for research and educational programs to raise public awareness. The SUNY Downstate Residency program surpassed their personal fundraiser goal to accumulate a total of $2,407, earning a silver team banner. A grand total of $13,046 from the event was donated toward future research and public awareness campaigns.

Suicide is a serious public health issue with devastating impact on individuals, families, as well as communities worldwide. Suicide statistics noted on the AFSP webpage reveal frightening numbers. In the United States alone, suicide claims the lives of more than 38,000 individuals each year (one death every 13.7 minutes). There is a suicide attempt made every minute of each day, resulting in about one million attempts made annually.

The AFSP encourages all to actively participate, donate, and work together to raise awareness for this nationwide health issue. The organization urges families of those affected to walk in order to honor loved ones lost. For more information on local events in your area or fundraising opportunities please visit www.afsp.org.

Author: Lila Aboueid, MD
PGY-1 Psychiatry Resident, SUNY Downstate Medical Center